Editorial Praises Passage of Lancaster County Fairness in Contracting Legislation

0 January 28, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

An editorial in today’s Lancaster Intelligencer Journal supports Wednesday’s passage of legislation by Lancaster County Commissioners that will help taxpayers get the best possible construction product at the best possible price. The measure prohibits Lancaster County from mandating anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) schemes that have been harming Pennsylvania’s construction industry and Keystone taxpayers thanks to […]


Lancaster County, PA Bans PLAs on Locally-Funded Projects

3 January 26, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

In a move designed to defend taxpayers against potential future wasteful and discriminatory Big Labor handouts, Lancaster County, PA commissioners approved a measure that will prohibit project labor agreements (PLAs) on locally-funded construction projects. Here is a quote that sums up the issue by the measure’s sponsor, Chairman Scott Martin, as reported by FOX43 WPMT: […]


ABC Wins Another Challenge Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements on Federal Construction Projects

2 January 6, 2011  Federal Construction is pleased to share a news release about ABC’s latest win against anti-competitive and costly federal government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). ABC, ABC members and continue to lead the fight against special interest PLA schemes on behalf of the construction industry, concerned taxpayers and supporters of the principles of fair and open competition […]


89 Miles for Worker Freedom – Update

0 September 20, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

As we reported last week, John Falk of York, Pa. has started his walk for worker freedom.  Falk is walking from York to the U.S. Capitol to deliver a petition urging Congress to repeal President Obama’s Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to require wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction […]


89 Miles for Worker Freedom

0 September 16, 2010  Federal Construction, Uncategorized

A truly remarkable grassroots effort is underway in York, PA. After witnessing the impact that wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) have on his employer and the construction industry in Pennsylvania, and angered by federal and state policies promoting the use of PLAs on taxpayer-funded work, John Falk decided it was time to take […]


Tribune-Review: Students Get Lesson in “Consequences of Blowing off Homework and Disregarding Basic Economics”

1 September 9, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s editorial board offered its thoughts on the latest effort by Big Labor to monopolize construction work in the Pittsburgh area.  This time, it is the Penn Hills School Board that has bended to the demands of local union bosses and required a project labor agreement (PLA) on an upcoming $130 million high school project. Here […]


Pittsburgh Area School District Approves Wasteful and Discriminatory PLA Requirement

0 September 1, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

The Pittsburgh-area Penn Hills School Board this week approved a policy requiring contractors to sign a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) as a condition of working on $150 million worth of upcoming school construction. Here is an excerpt from Associated Builders and Contractors Western Pennsylvania Chapter’s August 31 press release: PENN HILLS PLAYS […]


Dem Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor: CCAC PLA Requirement was “Probably Wrong”

0 August 16, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Allegheny County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato (D) criticized the Community College of Allegheny County’s (CCAC) requirement that all bidders for the upcoming construction of a $21 million science building agree to sign a wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreement (PLA) with Big Labor as a condition of performing work on this project. Here’s an […]


Contractors Fight PLA Mandate on Pittsburgh Area Community College Project

0 August 12, 2010  School Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

There has been a flurry of activity surrounding the fight for fair and open competition in the Pittsburgh area over the last 72 hours. The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) was scheduled to receive bids for the $21 million construction of a new 65,000 sq. ft. science center on August 10. Unfortunately, buried within […]